Visionary broadcaster

Station founder Brad Cecins and MP Mal Washer. d404454
Station founder Brad Cecins and MP Mal Washer. d404454

Mr Cecins credits Dr Washer with playing a big part in getting the community radio station off the ground after determined supporters spent years gathering support, interest and funding.

‘Around 1999-2000, each Federal electorate was allocated money for community projects as part of the centenary of federation project,’ Mr Cecins said.

‘As co-founder and secretary of Wanneroo-Joondalup Broadcasting Association, I applied for community funding to start a local community radio station for the northern corridor.

‘Dr Washer was convinced the concept put forward had long-term merit.

‘When other electorates did not share the same vision, he ensured the local not-for-profit organisation secured $100,000 funding to get the station off the ground.’

Mr Cecins said the vision of a ‘communication vehicle’ by locals for locals came to fruition in November 2001 when the station first broadcast from the City of Wanneroo works depot.

‘Eleven years on and 89.7FM continues to serve the local community (from its relocated studio at Edith Cowan University),’ he said.